Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $72K per year. Overall cash earnings of Computer Hardware Engineers stretch from $41K near the bottom to $113K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Computer Hardware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,973 - $109,688
(Median)
$46K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,094
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$11.84 - $35.48
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,973 - $109,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,332  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,901 - $112,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $75.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,332  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,901 - $112,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know verilog can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Engineering Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 32 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Java. Most people familiar with C also know Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $64K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $107K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 32%


Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 9%

C
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

National Average
$71,000

Java
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%
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